Remove from road without endangering your own life
Establish injuries
Warmly wrap, keep quiet and away from people, dogs etc.
Alert nearest Department of Sustainability and Environment .vet or police who will direct you to the nearest wildlife shelter.
Refrain from giving food or water until given advice from the wildlife shelter or vet.
Deliver to wildlife shelter A.S.A.P.

Australian native animals and birds are protected by law and cannot be held by the general public. Wildlife carers are granted a licence by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife back to the bush.


Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Koalas, Possums, Gliders

   Many animals are killed on roads, leaving orphaned pouched young still alive.

Remove the dead animal from the road being careful not to put your own life at risk. Check the pouch for young. It is important to keep pouched young warm (under your jumper) - their mother is their source of warmth as they don't generate their own body heat.

Wrap in a warm jumper and place in a backpack or similar bag for easy carrying.

Do not try to feed any pouched young, they need a special diet and feeding the wrong milk could kill the baby. A warm not hot hot water bottle and wool jumper will keep the baby warm until taken to a shelter. Any plastic bottle filled with warm water and covered with a wool jumper will make a good heat source.

Do not try to stand joeys up on the floor and let the children play with them. These animals cannot show their stress the same way as domestic animals.

Stress and noise kills them very quickly.

NOTE: Pouched young handled carefully and quietly immediately after road trauma have a much greater chance of survival.

Injured Birds

First make sure the bird needs rescuing as stress of carture does not help a bird which is just stunned from flying into a window. Protect from animals and wait a few hours. If the bird has an obvious injury, try to throw a cover over it, take care of beak and claws and put the bird in a cardboard box, lining the floor with a clean cloth or towel to prevent bird from slipping around.

Large birds can be restrained and transported by wrapping in a blanket or towels, keep head covered at all times to avoid panic and make sure its wings and legs are in a normal position to avoid further injury. Deliver to shelter A.S.A.P.

Baby Birds

   Leave them alone and they will fly home...

Is the bird really orphaned? Observe from a distance to make sure the parents are not feeding it. If you are worried about cats or dogs getting the bird, place it in a shrub or tree nearby off the ground. If the baby is not being cared for or is getting cold, you can help.

Make a suitable nest using a box of soft "nest" material, eg: torn up tissues. Keep warm with a warm not hot hot water bottle before contacting a shelter.

Do not feed - baby birds have a wide variety of dietary needs according to their species. A correct diet must be provided, so leave this to the wildlife shelter.

Do not give water - more harm is done by the baby bird getting wet and cold from the water so leave this to the wildlife shelter too.


   Leave them alone and they will go home...

Remove barking dogs from the scene and echidnas will move on when it is quiet and safe.

It is best not to relocate echidnas. Echidna mothers leave their babies in the burrow for as long as ten days while they forage for food - if the mother is relocated and does not return to the burrow the babies will die.

If there is no alternative to relocation because of danger, the best thing is to put them in a bucket or a rubbish bin and relocate in a safe area.

Road victims - the best way to pick up an echidna is to wrap it in a blanket or something similar and take it to the wildlife shelter A.S.A.P.

Baby Echidnas

Baby echidnas are sometimes accidentally dug up from their burrows. Place babies in a box of straw or leaf litter and take to wildlife shelter A.S.A.P.

Do not provide warmth.

Do not feed.

Do not give water.


Sometimes penguins are found "shipwrecked" and exhausted on the beach. Place in a bucket or a cardboard box with a towel to stop them from sliding around and cover the bucket or the box with a towel to keep the penguin calm.

Do not attempt to feed the penguin

Do not try to give the penguin water

Do not provide warmth as this may harm the penguin


Definitely leave alone when ill or injured, these creatures can still take a big bite out of you.

Contact the Department of Natural Resources and Environment giving accurate details of exact location.

Oiled Sea Birds

If you sight oiled sea birds or oil spills on beaches or in the water, contact the Department of Natural Resources and Environment A.S.A.P. giving accurate details of the exact location.


At certain times of the year, tortoises are on the move and often cross roads to get to water. Sometimes they are not injured, but simply too terrified to move off the road.

Without endangering your own life simply remove the tortoise from the road placing it in the water nearby or simply in the bush nearby. If the shell is cracked and the animal is still alive, take it to the nearest vet - sometimes it is possible to mend the shell and if it is not the vet will be able to put the animal to rest.

Blue Tongue Lizards

These poor lizards are often the victims of dog and cat attacks. Place injured lizard in a plastic bucket or in a cardboard box with the floor lined with a clean cloth or towel to prevent the lizard from slipping around. (Always check that the bottom of the cardboard box is secure) take to nearest shelter A.S.A.P.


Mostly humans don't want to know about snakes - however they do play an important part in nature. Treat them with a great deal of respect. If a snake is bothering you at home or you see one alive but injured, contact the Department of Natural Resources and Environment who can direct you to licensed reptile shelters who will know how to deal with the snake.

Do not attempt to deal with the snakes yourself.

Bats & Flying Foxes

Sometimes these creatures are found floating in swimming pools or simply on the ground. Usually they are exhausted or stressed. Wrap in a towel and place it in a cardboard box with a lid.

Do not feed. Do not give water

Take to a shelter A.S.A.P. Always wash hands thoroughly after handling as some animals can transmit diseases to humans.

Wildlife Rescue Phone: 13000 WILDLIFE

                                                  13000 94535


This information was compiled by the Bairnsdale and District Wildlife Shelter Group in the interests of better survival rates for our injured and orphaned wildlife.

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